Maria Edwards, Head of Orchard House School.

Headmistress's Welcome

Welcome to Orchard House

To help a child achieve their personal best, we must engage their attention and stimulate their imagination. The combination of highly motivated teachers, small classes and our exciting and diverse curriculum nurtures each child’s individual academic and creative talents with a sense of fun and purpose.

Sport encourages a respectful, competitive attitude, teaching children the value of camaraderie. Similarly, music and drama can create increased levels of confidence and self-esteem.

We foster a sense of adventure and all activities take place within an atmosphere of warmth and openness, encouraging pupils in independent thought. Our Pupil Pastoral Plan monitors the well-being of each child and was recently shortlisted for a national award.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate awarded Orchard House the highest accolades of ‘excellent’ in all areas and ‘exceptional’ in achievements and learning. These are mirrored in our first-class academic results. We warmly invite you to visit us at Orchard House School. 

To obtain a prospectus, have a chat or arrange a visit, please do telephone the school office on 020 8742 8544 or contact the school by email at

Mrs Maria Edwards

Read our ISI report


A girl reading to a teacher outside at Orchard House School.

Ethos in Action

Close relationships nurture individuality

Orchard House School was formerly a family home and retains a happy, welcoming atmosphere, starting at the front door where the headmistress or a senior staff member greets each child by name every morning.

Currently we have approximately 270 pupils and 47 teaching staff, allowing each child a great deal of individual attention. It is very rare there are more than 20 pupils in any class, and in the early years there are three teaching adults in attendance. Small group and 1:1 sessions are commonplace.

Teachers take lunch with the children and our extensive extra-curricular activities allow teachers and pupils to interact in a more informal atmosphere.

Our school is a place where every child feels valued and gains the confidence to fly.

Our Staff

Meet our teachers

All teachers at Orchard House School share one firm belief: nurturing individuality is the most empathetic and effective way of teaching children to fly.

To ensure personal attention, the ratio of staff to pupils is high. Without exception our teachers are highly qualified and ably supported by our carefully chosen team of teaching assistants.

We have an extensive range of specialist teachers covering maths, English, science, computing, French, music, physical education, art/design technology, eurhythmics, Latin and dance.

Other highly-trained staff are available to identify and support children who may display specific learning needs. If appropriate, specialist staff such as speech therapists are also available to work with pupils.

We remain focused on giving every pupil the best chance of fulfilling their ability.



The history of Orchard House School

Orchard House’s sister school, Bassett House School in North Kensington, was founded in 1947 by Sylvia Rentoul, with just 6 pupils. In those days, there was a more regimented approach to education and the prevailing belief that ‘children should be seen but not heard’.

Sylvia passionately believed children should be encouraged to express themselves, and teaching should be both supportive and challenging, but above all, must take into account the individual needs of each child.

Sylvia’s sons set up Orchard House School on its Newton Grove site in 1993 and expanded the school in 2010 by purpose re-building 2 Rupert Road to house the early years. Sylvia’s visionary philosophy not only endures but flourishes at Orchard House School to this day.

Ours is an intimate and happy school and has approximately 300 children across eight year groups.

In February 2020, Orchard House, together with Bassett House and Prospect House, became part of Dukes Education.



Our school premises

Orchard House School nestles in the heart of Bedford Park in Chiswick. The senior school house is in Newton Grove, whilst the younger children are housed just around the corner in our Rupert Road premises. Both buildings were formerly large family residences designed by Norman Shaw in the late 19th century, and each retains a warm family atmosphere.

Our two sites have excellent outdoor play areas. They are equipped with their own kitchens serving fresh food, as well as dedicated science and art rooms, and light airy classrooms.

Orchard House is very much part of the community and we make full use of wonderful local facilities.

These include Chiswick Back Common with its first-rate astro pitches at Rocks Lane, the Acton Leisure Centre, the Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool, the University of Westminster Sports Ground’s netball and tennis courts and the Brentford Fountain & Leisure Centre.

We also have excellent drama facilities nearby, and when necessary pupils travel to venues and events in our own Orchard House bus.

• A five minute walk from Turnham Green tube station

• The nearest overground station is South Acton

• Served by many local bus routes